All officers are required to attend The Department of Criminal Justice 18 week BasicTraining Police Academy and annual 40 hours of in-service training.





The FBI National Academy has long been a vital element in the continuing improvement of law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation throughout the world. The National Academy experience provides a wide range of leadership and specialized training, as well as an opportunity for professional law enforcement officers to share ideas, techniques, and experiences.

It is with the above concept that the National Academy Program was founded on July 29, 1935, with 23 students in attendance. Since that early beginning, the National Academy Program has graduated 36,519 qualified students to include the graduation of the 213th Session on June 13, 2003. The program has enjoyed a worldwide reputation graduating 2,326 international officers representing 146 countries.

With the opening of the FBI Academy in the summer of 1972, National Academy classes were provided on a quarterly basis consisting of 11 weeks of training for upper- and mid-level law enforcement officers. The curriculum focuses on leadership and management training and consists of courses relating to Leadership Development Unit, Behavioral Science, Law, Communication, Forensic Science and Health/Fitness.

Following graduation, each officer has the opportunity to join the FBI National Academy Associates, a dynamic organization of more than 15,000 law enforcement professionals who have played a significant role in developing a higher level of competency, cooperation, and integrity within the law enforcement community.

Lieutenant Mark Dill, Lt Kenneth Fecher and Lt. Rich Whitford are all graduates of the FBI National Academy. Unlike other upper level executive programs in the country the FBI National Academy is the only one in which attendance is by invitation only. These are truly outstanding men and women from around the world.



CJEDlogoCJED Criminal Justice Executive DevelopmentDepartment of Criminal Justice Training’s Criminal Justice Executive Development


The Kentucky Justice Cabinet, Department of Criminal Justice Training developed a program for today’s law enforcement executives and executives-to-be, to become better trained and prepared for tomorrows ever-changing face of modern policing. The Criminal Justice Executive Development program (CJED) is a course of study in Advanced Leadership and Management Principles, 5 weeks in length. Chief Michael Daly, Lt. Mark Dill, Lt. Kenneth Fecher, Lt. Rich Whitford, and Lt. James Gadzala are all graduates of the CJED course.

Class photo of our most recent graduate, Lt. James Gadzala

Class photo of our most recent graduate, Lt. James Gadzala




Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision


The Department of Criminal Justice Training, at Eastern Kentucky University, developed a supervision course for law enforcements first line supervisors, the Sergeants. This is a 120-hour course that focuses on providing newly appointed police supervisors with the skills necessary to perform well in their new assignment. The class has a primary focus on contemporary leadership techniques. In addition to
leadership, Sergeant Kilgore also received training in public speaking, written communication, ethics, critical incidents, and conflict resolution. This unique class combines in-class instruction with practical exercises and group activities. Lt. James Gadzala, Sergeant Dean Windgassen and Sergeant Casey Kilgore are all graduates of the intensive 3 week course.

Most recent graduate Sgt. Casey Kilgore's class.

Most recent graduate Sgt. Casey Kilgore’s class.

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